ITV and The Big Lottery Fund announced today that the Sustrans Connect bid had won The People's £50 Million competition.
County councillor John Whitehouse (Kenilworth Abbey), chair of the Kenilworth Connect2 Steering Group, said: "This is fantastic news for Kenilworth and the local area. Now that funds are secured, we look forward to turning this project from dream into reality."
John Grimshaw, founder and chief executive of Sustrans, said:
"My thanks to everyone who voted for Sustrans' Connect2 in the People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway, and for your help in winning £50 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund for Sustrans to invest in walking and cycling UK-wide. This really is an amazing achievement for our charity and the many local authority and other partners with whom we will work on Connect2. We simply couldn't have done it without you and your votes.
We start work on delivering Connect2 in January 2008. Our local authority partners are poised ready to go, and will be adding matched funding from their own transport and other budgets to the £50 million from the Big Lottery Fund. This is a five year project, and in total we have already identified local authority funding to support Connect2, and we are working hard to bring even more funding to the project so that we can ensure as many people as possible benefit from Connect2.
We will continue to update our Supporters on progress during 2008, please join us as a Supporter if you aren't already, our Supporters are the foundation of the organisation and without them Sustrans would simply grind to a halt. If you would like to sign up for our e-newsletter please go to www.sustrans.org.uk and click on email newsletter. In the meantime can I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and to thank you again for supporting Sustrans' Connect2."